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By james ·
I am having to replace two servers (1 PDC running DHCP, WINS and a few other apps & 1 BDC running Proxy Server, Exchange 5.5, DNS & IIS). I have one "spare" server ready to start on so my question is what do I need to do so that I don't lose any data, files, machine names etc? Please help.

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by Aaron V In reply to Server Replacement

First: Good Luck, be careful, and set appropriate expectations of outage and timeline (this can save you).

Make sure you have known good backups of all data, just in case. Test the restores to another machine.

I would build a new BDC first. Then you can remove the PDC from the environment and promote your new BDC machine.

Then build another new BDC and restore your old BDC data onto it (using your tape backups).

Keep both old machines (powered down) just in case something goes wrong. I would keep them until all parties are satisfied with the migration.

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by McKayTech In reply to Server Replacement

I agree with the other answer but just to fill in a few blanks. You can build a new BDC with a temporary name and IP, attach it to the network, let it syncronize with the PDC, then promote it to a PDC (this will automatically demote the current PDC) and the old BDC can then be removed from the network and the new BDC assigned it's IP and server name. Let the network stabilize for awhile before you do anything further.

The other machine will be a little more complicated and you have severaloptions. The off-line tape restore will probably work but there are some special considerations with Exchange.

Also, I like to use a new server as an opportunity to build it fresh with a new and unpolluted registry and that means fresh installsof the software and restoring only the data. As long as I have the old server to compare settings, I can build the new server off-line (except for the initial NT BDC part)and then when I'm convinced everything is right, just swap cables and have very little downtime.

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by james In reply to Server Replacement

I liked this one beter - slightly more clear.
Just wanted to clarify a couple of things - what about if i backup the edb files or the move server application that comes on the NT4 resource kit?

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